A Graduate Class in Research Data Management


  • Lawrence Schmidt University of Wyoming • Laramie, WY 82071
  • Joseph Holles University of Wyoming • Laramie, WY 82071


A graduate elective course in Research Data Management (RDM) was developed and taught as a team by a research librarian and a research active faculty member. Co-teaching allowed each instructor to contribute knowledge in their specialty areas. The goal of this course was to provide graduate students the RDM knowledge necessary to efficiently and effectively manage the data associated with their research projects. Assessment results indicated that student knowledge was increased in all assessed areas.

Author Biographies

Lawrence Schmidt, University of Wyoming • Laramie, WY 82071

Lawrence O. Schmidt is an associate librarian at the University of Wyoming. He holds B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology, an M.S. degree in environmental engineering from Montana State University, and received an MLS from Emporia State University in 2002. His research interests are related to providing undergraduate and graduate students with information, data, and science literacy skills that will allow them to succeed in a global economy.

Joseph Holles, University of Wyoming • Laramie, WY 82071

Joseph H. Holles is an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wyoming. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1990 from Iowa State University and a M.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1998 and 2000. His research area is nanoscale materials design and synthesis for catalytic applications with an emphasis on structure/property relationships and in-situ characterization.